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States of Desire

December 14, 2009

This is probably exactly what they were going for, and they’ve probably never regretted it, but this is an awful cover.  It’s roughly that Tom of Finland style of illustration, maybe that’s why it makes sense- but ick.  The author, amazingly, has his name smaller than the title.  I know, in these other cases it wasn’t the author who chose the font size of his name.  But that is the first person you want to blame.  I think part of what I hate about this drawing is the guy’s expression and the fact that he’s blushing.

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The Wonder of Innocence

December 7, 2009

This is a photo book by Gina Lollobrigida.  It says inside it took ten years of work and secret photographic techniques.  There is a forward by Mother Teresa and three other forward/essays.  There are a lot of photos- all collages with children and animals, and inspirational quotes.  Anne Geddes tried this, but lacking this audacity, failed.  I think Duchamp would be proud.

This is one of the most stunning pages; he is shitting into a bowl.

Flying Finish

December 6, 2009

This is another bad design which features the author’s name larger than the title.  Again, it’s a brown and muddy cover, but that’s not te main problem.  As I read the book, I kept looking at the cover, wondering, what the hell is that thing in the middle?  And why is it floating in the air with a doll, a plane and a gun?

After reading about half the book and Dick Francis’ wikipedia page I dicovered he’s a former jockey and he only writes mysteries about jockeys and that thing is not a weird parachute like I first thought, but a rigin helmet.  The book’s not bad, though I’m not planning on reading another one by him, but the cover is super crappy.  No credit is given or taken for it.

A later edition got this strange cover of wheat fields and a farmhouse.

Strange because most of the story takes place on airplanes or in airports.  The rest of the scenes are in London or at racetracks.  At least it’s comprehensible to the eye, though.

The Kingdom by the Sea

December 5, 2009

This is a really good travel book, but it took me a long time to start reading it because of the title and the cover.  They are both really boring to me.  The book is interesting, informative, sometimes exciting.

I think the picture on the cover is supposed to be a majestic view of the train running between a cliff and the ocean, but it turned out flat and muddy.  The title doesn’t reflect Theroux’s great writing.  I can’t think of a better one, but this one put me off.

Lastly, the author’s name is bigger than the title of the book.  Not a good idea.  This later edition made his name even BIGGER in relation to the title, but its a much better cover.  It’s a Penguin edition, and they are smart.

The description of couples staring out to sea appears often in the book.  Also, the subtitle has changed from the dry “A Journey Around the Coast of Great Britain” to the more precise “His candid and compulsive account of a journey round the coast of Great Britain.”

A photographer’s name is given and someone takes credit for “typography” but no one is credited for the jacket design.  Maybe it was Theroux?